PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the MET

PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the MET

This summer The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art are presenting PUNK: Chaos to Couture. The exhibition will examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence today.

“Punk’s signature mixing of references was fueled by artistic developments such as Dada and postmodernism,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “so it makes sense to present this exhibition in a museum that also shows the broader output of those movements. Indeed, that dialogue between art and fashion is what makes The Costume Institute so singular. Projects like this don’t happen without sponsorship, and we greatly appreciate the generosity of Moda Operandi, and its co-founders Aslaug Magnusdottir and Lauren Santo Domingo.”
“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute. “Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”
Exhibition Overview
The exhibition, in the Museum’s second-floor Cantor galleries, will feature approximately 100 designs for men and women. Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols, with paillettes being replaced with safety pins, feathers with razor blades, and bugle beads with studs. Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of ‘do-it-yourself’ and the couture concept of ‘made-to-measure,’ the exhibition will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.
MET, 1000 5th Avuenue (at 82nd Street) NYC, NY 10028
Exhibition location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall
On view from May 9 through August 14, 2013.
Photography of the American Civil War

Photography of the American Civil War

More than two hundred of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War have been brought together for this landmark exhibition. Through examples drawn from the Metropolitan’s celebrated holdings of this material, complemented by important loans from public and private collections, the exhibition will examine the evolving role of the camera during the nation’s bloodiest war. The “War between the States” was the great test of the young Republic’s commitment to its founding precepts; it was also a watershed in photographic history. The camera recorded from beginning to end the heartbreaking narrative of the epic four-year war (1861–1865) in which 750,000 lives were lost. This traveling exhibition will explore, through photography, the full pathos of the brutal conflict that, after 150 years, still looms large in the American public’s imagination.
Now through to April 2.
Metropolitan Museum
Fifth Avenue at 84th Street
New York, NY

A Different Kind of Order

A Different Kind of Order

Every three years, ICP’s curators round up some of the most interesting contemporary photography and video works from around the world. 
The 2013 Triennial, A Different Kind of Order, focuses on artworks created in our current moment of widespread economic, social, and political instability. 
The exhibition will include 28 international artists who employ photography, film, video, and interactive media. Many of their works reflect the growing importance of new paradigms associated with digital image making and network culture.

Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. 
This year’s summer exhibitions include do it (outside), a selection of artists’ instructions interpreted by other artists, performers, community groups, and the public;  FOLLY: tree wood, a  rigid yet airy geometrical wooden structure placed within a grove of trees where a formal, ornate chandelier will be suspended; and Beyond the Hedges (Slivered Gazebo) by Heather Rowe SOA’01.

NYC Spring Affordable Art Fair, April 3-7

New York’s  Spring Affordable Art Fair opens today and lasts through to Sunday.  If your walls are bare and you’re striving to raise your sophistication level beyond the IKEA print, this is the place for you.

With thousands of contemporary original paintings, prints, and sculptures and photographs, here’s the place to not only get cultured but to also invest in a great piece of art and support …well, an artist!
At their website you can learn…how to buy art, better understand the different art movements, and get prepared on what to expect. All with out pretension or intimidation. Whew!

When: April 3- 7, 2013, 11am – 8pm
Where: Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC.
Cost: Free to kids under 12, $10 students/seniors, $15 adults

EDO POP: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

EDO POP: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

On exhibit now at the Japan Society, Edo Pop – The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints.
 Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from masters like Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into worlds created by the power of Edo period and contemporary popular culture.

On May 12 the Japan Society is hosting a family-friendly printmaking workshop inspired by the works found in Edo Pop. Included is a discussion of selected works in the exhibition and an explanation of woodblock printmaking techniques. A printmaking workshop devoted to a variety of techniques follows, with time for show-and-tell with all participants.

Gallery Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11 am-6 pm; Fri. 11 am-9 pm; Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm; closed Mon. & major holidays. Docent-led walk-in tours are conducted Tues.-Sun. at 12:30 pm.
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, New York 10017

Armory Arts Week

Armory Arts Week

It’s that time of year again – Armory Arts Week – when the city celebrates its unparalleled artistic communities.

This annual fine art fair has works from over 100 international modern and contemporary fine art galleries. You can attend many other fine art fairs that are running concurrently with the Armory, including the ADAA’s Art Show, The Independent, Moving Image, and VoltaNY. There are hundreds of other free arts events happening across the city, ranging from special receptions, open studios, art tours, museum discounts, performances, panels, artist discussions and parties.

Location: Pier 92 & 94
Dates: March 7 – 10, 2013
Information: You can see all the schedules online…
http://www.thearmoryshow.com/armory_arts_week/2013.html